The Elementary Education Program is designed for students seeking to teach at the middle childhood-early adolescence level (ages 6-12 or -13, grades 1-8). This program prepares students to work in urban settings and takes place in close partnership with local school districts. The UWM School of Education's urban mission is upheld in the Elementary Education program's commitment to preparing pre-service teachers to meet the needs of diverse populations. Students are admitted into the Elementary Education program upon admission to the University, and it is possible to complete the program in four years. Students who satisfactorily meet program requirements will be recommended for student teaching. Upon successful completion of all student teaching requirements, including several state-required assessments, students will be licensed to teach grades 1-8. After completion of the Elementary Education program, students may opt to pursue an add-on certification in Exceptional Education by completing streamlined course paths that include an additional student teaching requirement.
Students completing the Elementary Education program will receive a bachelor’s degree in Education, and endorsement to be licensed to teach children in grades one through eight in the State of Wisconsin.
Special Education Certification
Students who successfully complete the Elementary Education program may seek dual licensure in special education, which requires a fifth year of school. Credits in the fifth year may be integrated into a master's program in Exceptional Education provided the student is admitted into the graduate program at UWM.
|University General Education Requirements*||30-42|
|Minimum credits for degree||120|
University General Education Requirements (GER)
|GER Competency Requirements|
|Oral and Written Communication, Part A||0-3|
English Placement Test score at level 4 or higher, or pass English 102 with a grade of C or better
|Oral and Written Communication, Part B 1||3|
Complete an OWC-B approved advanced course with a grade of C or better
|Quantitative Literacy, Part A 1||0-3|
Math Placement Test code 30 or higher, or pass Math 102, 103, 105, or 175 with a grade of C or better
|Quantitative Literacy, Part B 1||3|
Complete a QL-B approved advanced course with a grade of C or better
|Complete one of the following:|
2 consecutive semesters of college instruction in a single foreign language with passing grades
2 consecutive years of high school instruction in a single foreign language with passing grades
Demonstrate language proficiency on approved exam
|GER Distribution Requirements|
Select one approved GER-A designated course
Select two approved GER-HU designated courses
|Social Sciences 1||6|
Select two approved GER-SS designated courses
|Natural Sciences 1||6|
Select one approved GER-NS or GER-NS+ designated course
Select one approved GER-NS+ designated course, which includes a lab component
|Cultural Diversity 1||3|
Select one approved GER-CD designated course
Program-specific requirements fulfill, or partially fulfill, University GER requirements. Program identifies certain course categories (ie. literature, biology, political science, etc) be used to fulfill some GERs in order to meet PI 34 Statutory Requirements and/or program requirements.
|Strategies for Academic Writing (GER-OWCB)|
|Teachers as Writers (GER-OWCB)|
|MATH 175||Mathematical Explorations for Elementary Teachers I (GER-QLA)||3|
|MATH 176||Mathematical Explorations for Elementary Teachers II (GER-QLB)||3|
|Choose one: 2||3|
|American Indian Peoples of Wisconsin (GER-CD, SS)|
|Introduction to American Indian Literature: (GER-CD, HU)|
|Western Great Lakes American Indian Community Life of the Past (GER-CD, SS)|
|North American Indian History Since 1887 (GER-CD, SS)|
|THEATRE 260||Storytelling: (GER-A)||3|
|CURRINS 233||Introduction to Children's and Young Adult Literature (GER-HU)||3|
|Humanities Elective or English Elective for English minors only (GER-HU)||3|
|CES 210||Introduction to Conservation and Environmental Science (GER-NS)||3|
|Physical Science elective (GER-NS+: Chem or Physics)||3-4|
|American History: 1607 to 1877 (GER-SS)|
|American History: 1877 to the Present (GER-SS)|
|Choose any GER-SS||3|
|ED POL 375||Cultural Foundations of Education||3|
|CURRINS 300||Introduction to Teaching: Colloquium and Fieldwork||3|
|or CURRINS 333||Introduction to Teaching, Grades 1-8|
|ED PSY 330||Introduction to Learning and Development||3|
Non-Western History or Contemporary Culture and Minority Group Relations (Act 31) statutory requirements can both be met by taking one class.
A C or better is required in all coursework. No courses may be taken for credit/no credit.
|CURRINS 306||MCEA Clinical Experience, Grades 1-3||1|
|CURRINS 331||Teaching of Mathematics, Elementary School||3|
|CURRINS 536||Literacy 1: Assessing and Teaching Early Literacy||3|
|CURRINS 556||Professional Seminar 1: Foundations of Curriculum and Instruction||3|
|ED PSY 325||Practice of Classroom Assessment||2|
|CURRINS 307||MCEA Clinical Experience, Grades 4-8||2|
|CURRINS 332||Teaching of Mathematics: Middle School||3|
|CURRINS 537||Literacy 2: Assessing and Teaching Literacy through Early Adolescence||3|
|CURRINS 541||Principles and Methods of Teaching ESL||3|
|CURRINS 557||Professional Seminar 2: Classroom Management: Theory, Practice and Context||3|
|CURRINS 406||Advanced MCEA Clinical Experience||4|
|CURRINS 538||Literacy 3: Introduction to New Literacies||3|
|CURRINS 558||Professional Seminar 3: Building Learning Communities||3|
|EXCEDUC 605||Child, Learner, Disabilities||3|
|Any Semester Prior to Student Teaching|
|ART ED 130||Multicultural Art and Visual Learning in Elementary Education||3|
|CURRINS 323||Teaching of Social Studies:||3|
|CURRINS/EXCEDUC 375||Using Technology for Teaching and Learning||1|
|CURRINS 327||Teaching of Science in the Elementary School||3|
|MUS ED 260||Making Music Connections with Children||3|
|Semester 4 3|
|CURRINS/EXCEDUC 376||Understanding and Developing the edTPA||1|
|CURRINS 407||Student Teaching in Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence||9|
|CURRINS 471||Professional Seminar 4: The Effective Urban Educator||2|
|If completing ESL Minor, 3 additional Student Teaching credits required:|
|Student Teaching in English as a Second Language: Minor|
Students must complete paperwork in order to be assigned a student teaching placement. To be approved for placement, additional criteria must be met. See Benchmarks for details.
|Select a minor from the following:||18|
English as a Second Language (ESL)
|Economics - choose one:||3|
|Principles of Microeconomics|
|Principles of Macroeconomics|
|Geography - choose one:||3|
|The World: Peoples and Regions 4|
|Conservation of Natural Resources|
|History - choose one:||3|
|American History: 1607 to 1877 4|
|American History: 1877 to the Present|
|Native American History - choose one:||3|
|Western Great Lakes American Indian Community Life of the Past|
|American Indian Peoples of Wisconsin|
|Introduction to American Indian Literature:|
|North American Indian History Since 1887|
|Political Science - choose one:||3|
|Introduction to Political Science|
|Introduction to American Government and Politics|
|State Politics 4|
|U.S. Minorities - choose one:||3|
|Exploring the Urban Environment|
|Social Justice, Urban Planning and the New Multicultural America|
This is a highly recommended course.
|CURRINS 233||Introduction to Children's and Young Adult Literature||3|
|CURRINS 234||Teachers as Writers||3|
|ENGLISH 233||Introduction to Creative Writing||3|
|ENGLISH 215||Introduction to English Studies||3|
|Multicultural - choose one:||3|
|First-Year Seminar: (Multicultural Milwaukee)|
|Literature - choose one:||3|
|Global Literature from the 17th Century to the Present:|
|Literature and Society:|
|Literature and Religion:|
|Literature and Politics:|
|Survey of American Literature to 1865|
|Survey of Contemporary American Literature|
|Topics in Film Studies:|
|The Art of Fiction:|
|The Development of the Short Story|
|Film and Literature|
|Gay and Lesbian Literature:|
|Survey of American Indian Literature|
|Survey of Ethnic Minority Literature|
|Survey of U.S. Latino/a Literature|
|Survey of Asian American Literature|
|Survey of African-American Literature to 1930|
|Survey of African-American Literature, 1930 to the Present|
|Survey of Current Literary and Cultural Theory|
|World Literatures Written in English:|
|Cinema and Genre:|
|Representing the Holocaust in Words and Images|
English as a Second Language
|CURRINS 443||Student Teaching in English as a Second Language: Minor||3|
|CURRINS 541||Principles and Methods of Teaching ESL||3|
|CURRINS 542||History and Politics of Second Language Education||3|
|CURRINS 543||Developing Biliteracy||3|
|CURRINS 546||Language, Content, and Comprehensible Input||3|
|CURRINS 655||Applied Educational Linguistics||3|
|MATH 175||Mathematical Explorations for Elementary Teachers I||3|
|MATH 176||Mathematical Explorations for Elementary Teachers II||3|
|MATH 275||Problem Solving/Critical Thinking for Elementary Education Majors||3|
|MATH 277||Geometry for Elementary Education Majors||3|
|MATH 205||Introductory Finite Mathematics||3|
|or MATH 276||Algebraic Structures for Elementary Education Majors|
|MATH/MTHSTAT 278||Discrete Probability and Statistics for Elementary Education Majors||3|
|or MTHSTAT 215||Elementary Statistical Analysis|
|Choose from the following courses to total 18 credits in the Science Minor:|
|CES 210||Introduction to Conservation and Environmental Science||3|
|Physical Science - choose one:||3-4|
|Physics in Everyday Life|
and Laboratory for Physics in Everyday Life
|Basic Physics for Teachers 4|
|Chemistry in the World Around Us--Chemistry for the Non-Science Major|
|Basic Chemistry for Teachers|
|Earth Science - choose one:||3|
|Introduction to the Earth (Do not take if you have taken GEO SCI 185.)|
|Principles of Historical Geology|
|Introductory Earth Science for Teachers 4|
|Biology - choose one:||3-4|
|Elements of Biology (Do not take if you have taken BIO SCI 185.)|
|Foundations of Biological Sciences I|
|Science Electives - choose one:||3-6|
|Survey of Astronomy|
and Astronomy Laboratory
|Astronomy for Pre-Education Majors 4|
|Survey of Meteorology|
|Survey of Zoology|
|Topics in Modern Biology:|
|Plants in Today's World|
|Earth, Air, Fire and Water|
|The Earth Environment|
Highly recommended course.
Additional Requirements for Graduation and Certification
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 in all UWM and transfer courses;
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 in professional education courses;
- Passing scores on the Praxis subject assessment or a content knowledge GPA of 3.0 posted on transcript;
- Satisfactory completion of a minimum 120 credits;
- Completion of the last year of coursework (30 credits) in residence at UWM; and
- Completion of edTPA (Teacher Performance Assessment) required for certification.
Gateway Check at 40 Credits Completed
- Mandatory meeting with advisor in the semester following 40-credit semester;
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 in required program courses (all courses listed on the program sheet);
- Completion of dispositions and field evaluation from CURRINS 333 or CURRINS 300; and
- Completion of MATH 175 and ENGLISH 102 (or score of 4 or higher on English placement test).
Gateway Check Prior to Approval to Student Teach
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 in required courses (all courses listed on program sheet);
- Removal of all F or I (incomplete) grades in courses;
- C or better in required program courses (all courses in PS1 - PS3);
- Passing scores on the Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Test (after semester 2);
- Completion of practice Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA);
- Passing scores on the Praxis subject assessment (take during semester 2) or a content knowledge GPA of 3.0 posted on transcript; and
- Completion of disposition and field evaluation in CURRINS 406.
A mandatory meeting with your academic advisor will be required if you have not met the above gateway checks.
Students pursuing the ESL minor are required to complete additional testing requirements. Please see your academic advisor for details.
For additional opportunities, see the Bilingual Supplemental Certification Program.
Our purpose is to provide collaborative, mentoring relationships which promote educational, career, and professional development. We value a student-centered, holistic, and ethical approach to advising based on strong partnerships with students, faculty and staff, and the larger campus community. We are committed to creating a respectful and supportive environment. We encourage students to be self-reliant through informed decisions and choices based upon dissemination of accurate information. We value our own continuous professional development to enhance the quality of the advising experience.
How to Prepare for an Advising Meeting
- Review your Advisement Report in PAWS.
- Come prepared with questions or topics for discussion.
- Make a list of courses you think you should take.
- Investigate opportunities to prepare for the job you want.
- Keep a record of your academic progress.
- Understand you are ultimately responsible for creating your educational, life, and career plans.
- Maintain honest and open communication with your advisor.
- Take responsibility for choices you make as a student and member of the UW-Milwaukee community.
Scheduling an Appointment
Office of Student Services
Enderis Hall, Room 209
Walk-in advising is for current School of Education students and is limited to 10-15 minutes. Offered weekly on Thursday from 1-4 PM, these opportunities allow for you to meet briefly with your assigned academic advisor, or an advisor familiar with your program of study.
Transfer Student Not Yet Enrolled at UWM?
If you are attending a different college or university and would like to transfer to UWM to study in the School of Education and have questions, please connect with our Transfer Advisor, Emilee Schultz, at (414) 229-6019 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are a School of Education graduate student, you may schedule an appointment with your faculty advisor by contacting your faculty advisor directly. Faculty contact information can be found in the People Directory. Your faculty advisor will be listed in your PAWS account. If you are unsure who your advisor is, please contact Graduate Program Admissions Specialist Allison Hochmuth.
Honors in the Department of Teaching and Learning
Departmental Honors are granted to students who have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.500 or above, based on a minimum of 40 graded UWM credits earned prior to the final semester.
Honors in the School of Education
Dean's Honor List
GPA of 3.750 or above, earned on a full-time student's GPA on 12 or more graded credits in a given semester.
Honors Degree and Honors Degree with Thesis
Granted to graduating seniors who complete Honors College requirements, as listed in the Honors College section of this site.
Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.500 or above, based on a minimum of 40 graded UWM credits earned prior to the final semester, will receive all-university commencement honors and be awarded the traditional gold cord at the December or May Honors Convocation. In schools and colleges in which fewer than 15% of the traditional students have a 3.500 GPA, all-university honors will be awarded to approximately the top 15% of graduating students. A criterion GPA (not lower than 3.200) for this 15% will be calculated based on statistics from the previous comparable semester. Please note that for honors calculation, the GPA is not rounded and is truncated at the third decimal (e.g., 3.499).
Earned on a minimum of 60 graded UWM credits: Cum Laude - 3.500 or above; Magna Cum Laude - 3.650 or above; Summa Cum Laude - 3.800 or above.